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Post-game Xtra: Rangers on the brink

Andy Greene #6 of the New Jersey Devils

Andy Greene #6 of the New Jersey Devils is checked by Chris Kreider #20 of the New York Rangers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals. (May 23, 2012) Credit: Getty Images

Well, it’s down to one.

New Jersey. Friday. Win or go home. Again.

Ryan Callahan hit the far post from the left side in the second or this may have been different. “Got unlucky on the power play. Did all the things he needed to do as a leader to try to get us a win,” said Tortorella, “right to the bitter end. And he’ll do the same thing our next game.”

Among the stats leaders: Ryan McDonagh, six blocks.  Brian Boyle, won 13 of 14 faceoffs.

Boyle: “We don’t need to say, Oh, we did some good things, it’s a moral victory’ to give ourselves confidence. We know we can do some things with the puck. We started to play more and more in waves.”

Marc Staal: “We were grinding down low and they were getting tired and we kept coming at them. That’s obviously the way we need to playt he full 60.”

Note: Rangers lost without Ilya Kovalchuk getting a shot; Devils had a total of 17. If you’re looking for a bright spot, Lundqvist probably can’t play three games in a row like this. “It’s a frustrating end to the game. I just didn’t expect that to happen.”

Brandon Dubinsky, in his first start after missing 11 games, had an assist and three hits in 15:38.

Michael Del Zotto: Minus-3, no shots on goal.  

Calling Brad Richards. No goals in the series. He was banged around early and was a minus-2 in 16:11. Best shot may have been on Lundqvist. Needs a major rebound. Fast.

All eight goals were at even strength… Rangers out-hit Devils 40-26…

Rangers are skating in Westchester at 1:45 tomorrow.  Maybe for the last time this season if they lose their third in a row.

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